Lucknow: The rare life saving herb ‘Sanjeevani’ with the botanical name Selaginella Bryopteris known to have been brought by Lord Hanuman to save Lord Laxman, will now be available in every household. The efforts are underway to promote the medicinal herb as a house plant.
The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) is mulling to cultivate the endangered plant species on a large scale. This would not only save the herb from getting extinct but also enable people to reap its health benefits.

A group of tourists while trekking on a mountain noticed some herbs which turned green after getting water for 3-4 hours, which was identified as Sanjeevani. Initially, a debate followed on confirming the herb belonging to the Pteridofayta group as the rare ‘Sanjeevani’. Later, Professor Ganeshaya of Bangalore University proved through research that Indian herb known as Selaginella Bryopteris is the real Sanjeevani.

Dr PB Khare of NBRI says, “The known Selaginella Bryopteris is only found in Nepal and India. According to the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman had to come to India to get the Sanjeevani herb for saving the life of Lord Lakshman.”
According to Khare, the Sanjeevani herb found in tribal areas of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Orissa has a stimulus strength due to which it glows at night.

The NBRI brought the rare plant from Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Madhya Pradesh and Chitrakoot and planted them in the fern house. This is the only plant which despite of being completely dry, turns green after getting water for 3-4 hours, Dr Khare said.

The herb is also a subject of study to find out the chemical present in the plant which enables it to regain life. Research is underway to find out how it can be used in other plants as well.

The roots of the herb develop at a very slow pace due to which it takes much longer to multiply. Dr Khare assured that soon many saplings will be developed which will be planted as household plants.